Wallis And Futuna Negotiate To Connect To Samoa’s New High Speed Cable

EU to fund connection to submarine cable, set for launch in 2017

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, July 11, 2016) – A 9 member delegation from Wallis & Futuna continued negotiations with the Samoan government last week for the French territory to connect to the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) which will be launched in September 2017.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Communication  Information & Technology (MCIT) Tua’imalo Ah Samu told Talamua that last week’s talks was a continuation from the first meeting between the parties in November last  year.

Tua’imalo said these talks are important as they try to identify and finalize certain areas of the project agreements and conditions.

He said Wallis & Futuna is taking advantage of Samoa’s cable which is to cover the distance from Apia to Fiji, and as the cable passes close to the territory, they want to use the opportunity to get a much cheaper and faster connection from Samoa’s cable.

“It’s either our cable or rely on the satellite service for Wallis & Futuna,” said Tua’imalo.

Tua’imalo said Wallis & Futuna is getting funds from the European Union to fund their connection from SSCC,

He said it is an expensive investment however, it is worth for Samoa.

Fiji has also shown interest in utilizing SSCC and according to Tua’imalo, since the cable runs close to Fiji’s largest islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, Fiji wants to connect to the SSCC cable for better internet connection.

He said Samoa has yet to finalize costs for these services with interested parties for the use of the Samoa cable. He believes the cable will be a revenue earner for Samoa and it is a good project to promote regional partnerships.

The project is targeted to be completed in August –September 2017.

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